Shoes, Glorious Shoes: Chunky Heels and Flats for #NYFW

From a New York Fashion Week filled with ultra-relaxed hair and easy dressing, it makes sense that our feet will benefit from the new mood, too. Only a few designers deigned to show a single-soled stiletto shoe, those cruel, beautiful monsters that are a major pain after a few hours. This spring, it’s all about comfort, two ways: the flat, and the chunky heel.

The Birkenstock is having a moment, thanks to Celine’s bejeweled mink iteration from last spring. Roll your eyes, but they caught on (and weren’t you a little jealous of those with what were essentially elegant if Muppet-y fur pillows strapped to their feet? Yes.) For spring 2014, Tibi did a Birk-ish flat sandal in a simple slide in white, black, or bedazzled, and they’re quite pretty.
 
Another sandal for spring comes from Suno, with a simple shape and in blocked colors that coordinate well with the collection.
 
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Honor also treated us to flats – sparkly ones at that. These more formal pieces paired perfectly with Honor’s pretty, proper dresses. Who doesn’t love a flat they can dress up in?
 
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Next up is The Row, who worked on a limited-edition collaboration with Italian men’s shoemakers Enzo Bonafè. If you want to get into this pair come spring, you have to get yourself into a waitlist now. The results of their partnership are beautiful, timeless shoes that look buttery, elegant, and comfortable from here. 
 
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Looking for height? Ditch the pin heel and reach for one of this chunky bunch: 
 
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Tess Giberson showed white and black leather shoes that crawled up the ankle like armor – ideal for stomping around.
 
The best shoe of the bunch hailed from Spanish brand Delpozo, who managed to make a potentially clunky heel girly and still fashion forward. All bearing a bow and coming in colors like metallic teal, chartreuse, lavender, silver and gold, along with matte black and white, there’s an option for every outfit.
 
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